Fire Monkey Arts

Loving art I am always drawn to creative spaces and Hotwalls Studios is a place I have often loved wandering down to. Last Friday, the start of the bank holiday, the sun had been shining all day and I was invited down to studio 1 to catch up with Fire Monkey Arts. They are a collective of local artists of around 8 that share this creative studio giving them space as well as the chance to support each other and spend time with like-minded artists. Set up by Sue Portman a local Graphic Designer, it has proved to be very successful and now a few years on has gone from strength to strength.

Every 3rd weekend of the month they open the doors so you can come and meet the artists and see the studio in action as well as buy the artwork in there. Offering a wide range of styles like Ric Robinson who has a current collection on sale of elephant pictures. Spending time talking to him he said that he felt so drawn to this wonderful endangered creature and wanted to share his passion for them by putting it into art.

 Donna Poingdestre (winniemmay) has a fabulous style that is influenced quite often by the people that she meets and the environment around her. I am seriously loving her latest inspiring collection of women’s faces, I feel it draws you in.

Catching up with Simon Whitcomb I talked to him about his painting ‘The Mariner’ illustrating the life and mythology of the life at sea and how fascinating a piece of art it is. He currently has ‘The Mariner 7’ painted on a cabin locker door for sale which is a fabulous piece that I would love to buy if I could.

Carrie Swinbourne (floramorauk_art) showed me around the studio and introduced me to everyone making sure no matter how shy I felt that I should go and say hello to a whole gang of people. Carrie’s work has so much colour and texture, she loves using acrylic paint in her artwork. Creating such unique pictures as well as furniture, her style is heartwarming as the colours used just brightens up your day, literally!

The artist of the month there is Ruthy Martin who comes from St Ives in Cornwall and is inspired by the sea, nature and where she lives locally which is reflected in her latest collection on display in both windows down at Hotwalls. It was a lovely evening there and as it was so warm everyone was stood outside. I managed to take my son along and he sat and drew at the big studio art table while I pottered around and chatted with the artists. Being so friendly, it is nice to think you can take your young family along and that everyone is welcome. I didn’t get the chance to meet all the artists but hopefully, I will at some point.

On Friday the 18th May, Donna, and Carrie are bringing a fun evening of Paint and Prosecco workshop to the studio. You can sit and chill with a paintbrush in one hand and a glass of Prosecco in the other. It’s a fun way to experiment with art. Admiring the master Monet, you will be guided to create your own masterpiece. All that is required is enthusiasm and a desire to learn something new while drinking and having a laugh at the same time! To book this fabulous evening contact and the price is £20.

By Louise O’Brien

Featured Image – Simon Whitcomb